Weekly Recap: Pop Cam-pagne

Weekly Recap: Pop Cam-pagne

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Ever since a 22-year-old Cam Davis won the 2017 Australian Open – in a field that included Cameron Smith, Jason Day and even Jordan Spieth – many golf observers have expected greatness from the Australian. When he won a Korn Ferry event a few months later, he seemed to be on schedule.

But as we see all the time in golf and all sports, athletes' arrows rarely point straight up. Davis could barely make half his cuts his first two years on the PGA Tour, one of which saw him finish outside the top 150 in the standings.

A top-10 here and a top-10 there during 2020 offered hints, which eventually led to Davis' big breakthrough on Sunday as he survived a five-hole, three-man playoff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

That was after he stunningly got into the playoff.

Davis eagled 17 from 50 feet out of a bunker for the shot of the tournament, then birdied 18 to catch 54-hole leaders Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann and forge a three-man showdown.

One of the most prodigious hitters on Tour won in his 71st appearance and moved him to a career-best 67th in the world rankings. He had been as high as 97th, but began this year

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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